Crochet is a great skill to learn, but it can be daunting for beginners or even for experienced crocheters learning new styles of crochet stitches.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be hard. At Crochet News we’ve spent a lot of time collating as many stitches as we can so we can offer crochet stitch tutorials to crocheters of all levels.
Below are some of the most popular crochet stitches and some uncommon ones as well.
If you’re a beginner you can start by practicing the first few beginner crochet stitches listed below and apply them to our favorite beginner crochet patterns.
Make your way through to the more advanced stitches and discover an array of amazing advanced crochet patterns that make wonderful projects.
FOUNDATION CROCHET STITCHES
Are you new to crochet? Then, use these Foundation Crochet Stitches to start your crochet journey. These stitches are simple to learn and will provide a good foundation for your crochet skills as a new crocheter.
Crochet Chain Stitch Tutorial
This tutorial demonstrates how to work a crochet chain and how to work stitches into this foundation chain to begin a crochet project. Learning to create foundation chain is the first step in most crochet patterns.
Learn the Crochet Chain Stitch here.
Back Loops Only Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Change the look of basic crochet stitches when you crochet through the back loop only. By inserting your hook through only one of the stitch loops, you can create ribbing and ridged crochet work that stretches but remains solid.
Learn the BLO Crochet Stitch here.
Crochet Double Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
This tutorial demonstrates how to work rows of the double crochet stitch commonly abbreviated as “dc” (U.S. terminology). The double crochet stitch is one of the most commonly used stitches and is the primary stitch used in the ever-popular granny square.
Learn the Crochet Double Stitch here.
Crochet Mattress Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The mattress stitch, also known as the invisible seam or invisible weaving, is a very flexible seam that works best for sewing garment pieces together because it makes for a flat, invisible seam. This method of joining will connect two pieces of fabric at the underside so that the seam doesn’t show on the right side.
Learn the Crochet Mattress Stitch Here.
How to Half Double Crochet Tutorial – Written & Video
This tutorial demonstrates how to work rows of the half double crochet stitch commonly abbreviated as “hdc” (U.S. terminology). The half double crochet is taller than the single crochet stitch and shorter than the double crochet stitch.
Learn how to Half Double Crochet Here.
Front Post Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video (And Back Post Double Crochet Stitch)
Front and back post crochet stitches are used to create texture in crochet. You’ll see these used in crochet cables or a ribbed edging around the bottom of a hat or edge or a blanket and more.
Learn the Front Post Double Crochet Stitch here.
Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
This tutorial demonstrates how to work rows of the single crochet stitch commonly abbreviated as “sc” (U.S. terminology). The single crochet stitch is one of the most commonly used stitches in crochet and often the first stitch a new crochet will learn. A fabric of all single crochet stitches is quite dense which makes it a great stitch for bags, toys and anything requiring stability.
Learn how to do the Single Crochet Stitch here.
Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
A treble crochet (sometimes called triple crochet) is taller than a double crochet and is made by working two yarn overs at the start of the stitch, instead of one yarn over as for double crochet.
Learn this Treble Crochet Stitch here.
Half Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The half treble crochet stitch is a fantastic little stitch that is often overlooked. It creates a fabric that is not quite as tight and solid as a double crochet stitch, but not quite as loose and airy as a treble stitch, making half treble crochet stitch perfect for projects like bags and accessories, as well as garments.
Learn the Half Treble Crochet Stitch here.
Whip Stitch Crochet Tutorial – Written & Video
Whip stitch is a similar method of joining to the mattress stitch. The difference is that you will always insert the needle from front to back, never working back to front. This quick and easy sewing technique is a fantastic way to join granny squares or other pieces together.
Learn how to make Whip Stitch Crochet here.
Tight Crochet Stitches
Are you looking for dense or tight crochet stitches for projects such as bags or baskets? Sometimes the project you want to make needs the openness of more lacey or holey stitches, and other times you need a dense stitch. Check out the following list of tight crochet stitches, including links to tutorials!
Learn the Tight Crochet Stitches here.
BEGINNER CROCHET STITCHES
Now that you’ve learned the basic stitches, what’s next? It can be daunting picking your first new crochet projects. You want to find something that challenges you to grow your knowledge, but not so difficult that you’re going to struggle.
We’ve put together a list of Beginner Crochet Stitches below that will help you improve your basic stitches and learn a few new ones – if you’re ready!
Classic Granny Square Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
People often start their crochet journey with the granny square. There’s a reason this humble little square is a timeless classic. Not only is it easy to make, a great stash buster and the ideal quick project. It’s versatile as heck!
You can use these squares to make blankets, garments even home decor. The best part, you don’t even need to decide what you want them to be before you make them. Just grab some yarn and a hook and build yourself a small pile of squares and see where inspiration takes you!
Learn how to crochet a granny squares here.
Crochet Block Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The block stitch is a modern and fun stitch pattern that adds a beautiful graphic twist to your work, while allowing you to experiment with color. Using just foundation stitches, this stitch is suitable for all skill levels and can be customized to fit any sort of project you fancy making.
Learn the Crochet Block Stitch here.
Larksfoot Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The larksfoot crochet stitch is a great way to play with color within your project. It works perfectly to alternate colors every row but it looks great with wide stripes too. Pair it with your favorite yarn and create an eye-catching project.
Learn the Larksfoot Crochet Stitch here.
Crochet Granite Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The crochet granite stitch is a technique of many names. Also known as moss stitch and seed stitch, it’s a simple crochet stitch that gives an eye-catching texture.
it is the sequence of only two stitches: the chain stitch and the single crochet. Its simplicity is easy enough for a beginner and would be great for blankets, scarfs, cowls, shawls or even for sweaters.
Learn the Crochet Granite Stitch here.
Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The crochet shell stitch is a fun and versatile stitch that can be used in many different ways. It’s great for adding a nice stitch effect to your crochet fabric or finishing off a project as a pretty edging. This stitch also produces a nice tight fabric with lots of texture and not many holes. It makes lovely scarves, blankets, or even washcloths.
Learn the Crochet Shell Stitch here.
Crochet Linen Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
You might have heard this stitch also referred to as the moss stitch, seed stitch, granite stitch, or woven stitch. Whatever you choose to call it, this stitch pattern is easy to work and so incredibly useful. The linen stitch makes a dense fabric that is ideal for so many projects from dishcloths to scarves to tops.
Learn how to Crochet Linen Stitch here.
Elizabeth Stitch Crochet Tutorial – Written & Video
If you’re looking for a crochet stitch with a bit of stretch, either for a garment project or just an extra cozy scarf or throw, then the Elizabeth stitch is for you. It’s a nice repeating pattern that’s satisfying to crochet and bulks quickly, giving you finished projects in no time.
Learn the Crochet Elizabeth Stitch here.
Crochet Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The Waistcoat crochet stitch (also known as the Knit Stitch) is a super sturdy, dense crochet stitch. This stitch uses the most basic of crochet stitches: the single crochet!
Do you love the look of knit, but don’t know how? No worries! With the waistcoat stitch, you can make crochet look like knit without the stress of having to learn a new hobby.
Learn how to do the Crochet Waistcoat Stitch here.
Crochet Bean Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Who could argue – the bean stitch looks just like little beans scattered across the surface of the project. The little beans pop up out of the surface slanting this way and that. They provide a symmetry to the piece while simultaneously creating an intricate texture and 3-D effect. Its amazing texture and fluffiness provides a great foundation for a blanket, hat, scarf or even a washcloth.
Learn the Crochet Bean Stitch here.
Reverse Single Crochet Stitch AKA Crochet Crab Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Have you been wanting to learn how to crochet the crab stitch, but think it looks a bit too complicated? If you can single crochet, you can do it in reverse! The crab stitch is also known as a reverse single crochet because you are literally working in the opposite direction you would normally work.
This stitch is great for borders. It adds unique texture and detail without being complicated or frilly. It’s also dense so it is great if you are looking for a border that does not have holes.
Learn how to do Reverse Single Crochet Stitch here.
Snuggle Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written
Have you ever heard of Snuggle Stitch Crochet? By just looking at its name you will already have an idea of how this stitch looks like. It uses the basic stitches only and it’s worked in rows, which is perfect for beginners who want to try something new! It’s simple to make and you’ll definitely get the hang of it after making a few rows.
Learn the Snuggle Crochet Stitch here.
INTERMEDIATE CROCHET STITCHES
If you’re ready to really flex your hookin’ skills, then these Immediate Crochet Stitches are designed for you. Most still use basic stitches, but add some slightly trickier techniques into the mix that will really boost up your skills and help you to create beautiful and intricate designs.
Crochet Box Stitch Tutorial – Written US and UK + Video
Beautiful shells enclosed in tiny squares. This would be a description of this stunning stitch, evidently! The fabric created with its dense and structural, with little holes that give it lightness. It looks amazing when every row is in a different color, but you can go for one shade if you like!
Learn the Crochet Box Stitch here.
Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Add a new stitch to your crochet repertoire when you learn how to do Catherine’s wheel stitch. Named for the spinning fireworks of the same name, this beautiful stitch creates rows of interlocking rounds or “wheels” that you can highlight with different color combinations.
Learn the Catherine’s Wheel Crochet Stitch here.
Crochet Iris Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The Iris Stitch is a beautiful stitch compromised of one stitch and chains, with a one-row repeat. This stitch is a wonderful addition to your stitch library, and will work beautifully in scarves, as accent rows for hats, baby blankets, throws, or even a pretty fall cardigan.
Learn how to do the Crochet Iris Stitch here.
Crochet Bobble Stitch Tutorial – Written
The Bobble Stitch is a great, fun crochet stitch that will add pizzazz to your next crocheted piece. We can use these bobbles to create designs, spell words, or just to add a bit of flare to crochet. This stitch is a bit of a yarn water, but it’s so worth it.
Learn how to do the Crochet Bobble Stitch here.
Crochet Puff Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The puff crochet stitch forms thick and fluffy double-sided bobbles, which can be used to create smaller motifs, work a row of puff stitches among other stitches, or crochet rows of the stitch to make a puff stitch fabric.
Although getting the tension correct can take a little practice, the puff stitch is a variation on half double crochet. Instead of completing the HDC as usual, you add more loops, resulting in the “puff.”
Learn the Crochet Puff Stitch here.
Crochet Popcorn Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Popcorn stitch is a playful crochet stitch that adds dimension to your work. Each bobble or “popcorn” has a puffed texture that makes a fun border, but also adds warmth and thickness when grouped together to make hats, blankets, and more.
Learn the Crochet Popcorn Stitch here.
Crochet Spike Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The spike stitch gives you a lot of bang for your buck: It looks complicated and advanced, but is actually simple. A spike happens when you form a single crochet same stitch, but work it two, three, or four rows below. Different lengths of the stitch can then be combined in a variety of ways to make fun, geometric designs.
Learn the Crochet Spike Stitch here.
Crochet Shamrock Stitch Tutorial – Written
With the lacy fabric it produces, the Crochet Shamrock Stitch is perfect for projects you want to have the perfect drape. Indeed, the light and soft fabric it creates is perfect for scarves and shawls.
The intricate shamrocks are a joy to look at! Although it may be a little complicated, the effort you exerted in learning how to make this stitch will all be worth it when you the shamrocks start popping!
Learn the Crochet Shamrock Stitch here.
Crochet Waffle Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The waffle stitch is a beautiful deeply textured crochet stitch pattern. It is has deep square dips that gives it the texture of a breakfast waffle. This stitch creates beautiful blankets, pillows and washcloths.
Learn the Crochet Waffle Stitch here.
Crochet Suzette Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Suzette stitch is an easy crochet stitch pattern that anyone can do once they learn the basics of crochet. By combining single and double crochets, you can form this beautiful, yet sturdy crocheted fabric.
Best of all, it’s reversible, making it perfect for blankets, washcloths, and more. Both sides of your project will look exactly the same!
Learn the Crochet Suzette Stitch here.
Trellis Honeycomb Crochet Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The Honeycomb Trellis stitch is a wonderful way of making repeated, regular circles that form a solid, yet airy surface perfect for making summer afghans, table runners and shoulder wraps.
The projects have sufficient drape to assume any shape needed, but at the same time lacy enough to not be overly hot or stifling. I’m sure this you’ll find tons of uses for this versatile and useful stitch.
Learn the Trellis Honeycomb Crochet Stitch here.
Crochet Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
The Herringbone stitch or Herringbone Double Crochet (Abbreviated: HBDC) creates such a unique texture that almost looks similar to the herringbone knit stitch. The best part is that it is just a slight variation of the double crochet. So if you are getting tired of the double crochet look and want to try something different, the herringbone double crochet is perfect for you.
Learn the Crochet Herringbone Stitch here.
V Puff Stitch Crochet Tutorial – Written & Video
The V Puff Stitch is an incredibly luscious stitch with amazing texture. Pair it with your favorite color changing yarn for a project that’ll catch anyone’s eye. It’s reversible, making it great for projects where both sides will show.
Learn the V Puff Stitch Crochet here.
Crochet Moss Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The Moss stitch is the sequence of only two stitches: the chain stitch and the single crochet. Its simplicity is easy enough for a beginner but also fascinating enough for advanced crocheters and would be great for blankets, scarfs, cowls, shawls or even for sweaters.
Learn the Crochet Moss Stitch here.
ADVANCED CROCHET STITCHES
Here’s a little secret about Advanced Crochet Stitches: they’re all variations and different combinations of the basic crochet stitches! So, if you’re looking to stitch up something a little fancier and know how to crank out a double crochet, you can totally work these next-level stitch combos. Get ready for texture, color and all the lacy goodness.
Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
Looking for a snappy new stitch to liven up your crochet? Crocodile stitch is a crochet stitch that looks like reptile scales, fish scales, or even bird feathers. This stitch’s frilled look makes it ideal for fantasy items inspired by dragons and mermaids, but it’s even fun for textured pillow covers, sweater yokes, and bags!
Learn this unique and versatile Crocodile stitch here.
Flower Crochet Lattice Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
What better stitch to learn at the start of Spring than a feminine, lightweight, and lacy Flower Crochet Lattice stitch? This is a beautiful and intricate stitch that has so many uses. Yes, this delicate, lacy crochet stitch is perfect for shawls and throws as well as 1970s-style bohemian vests and ponchos. It would also look wonderful as a wall hanging or a table runner.
Learn how to make this Flower Crochet Lattice Stitch here.
Crochet Basket Weave Stitch Tutorial – Written & Video
The basketweave crochet stitch is a beautiful textured stitch that creates a woven fabric rich in density and beauty. Whether you plan to use this stitch for a textured crochet afghan or something smaller like a dishcloth, you’ll be happy to have this cool crochet stitch in your arsenal.
Learn the Crochet Basket Weave Stitch here.
YOU’LL WANT TO KEEP THESE CROCHET STITCH TUTORIALS HANDY FOR THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A STITCH TO USE IN YOUR NEXT CROCHET PATTERN.
Whether you’re completely new to the craft, or looking for a refresher, these tutorials are a great resource for all stitchers. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!